November 12, 2018
Diverse views a Māori right
A member of the Radio New Zealand board says while more collaboration and sharing or resources would be a good outcome from the current review of the Māori media sector, he would not like to see Maori television and radio losing their distinctive voices.
Jim Mather is a former chief executive of Māori Television, and he says the review is well timed given the wider changes in the media and the way digital content has changed the expectations of viewers and listeners.
While he can see a need to use existing resources more efficiently, he’s not in favour of the one stop shop for Māori news being promoted in some quarters.
"There’s a range of media perspective on mainstream issues and I don't see why there shouldn't be a range of perspectives on Māori issues as well. It really does come down to if our listeners, our viewers, the consumers of our content are going to be better served by a one stop shop and I'm not sure that would be the case," Dr Mather says.
He says as the nation evolves Radio New Zealand needs to do the same, and it is trying to strengthen its ties to Māori broadcasters.
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